The Allotment Wife


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All quiet on the Allotment Front

A quick trip to the allotment today – I didn’t want to do too much as I’ve not been well this week. So I did a bit of weeding – thank goodness for hoes! – and deadheaded the marigolds. No real harvest this time though K did cut a bit of the spinach/celery mix just for good measure. It’s really all quietening down for winter. Even the foxgloves and penstemon have wisely kept their blooms inside due to the weather.

And no need to water anything – we’re more likely to want to bail water out at the moment!

Anne Brooke Books
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy
Gay Reads UK

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Early peas and a spinach mystery

The allotment looks pretty good today – it rained a lot during the week so there was no need to do any watering. Instead we weeded the beds and gathered a small harvest. Much to our amazement the peas which are supposed to blossom in spring are already in flower and there are even two small pea pods on them. K harvested those, and took the rest of the flowers off. It seemed to be the most sensible thing to do.

In the meantime, the foxgloves are growing apace, so we may get a few cut flowers out of these before the season is over. And the nasturtiums look amazing!

However, the main mystery of the week is the everlasting spinach. I’ve been harvesting it regularly since we got the allotment, but today K decided to cut some of it down for the autumn. Um, apparently, not all of it is spinach after all! It’s actually … um … celery. Well, there’s a turn-up for the books. So possibly, a lot of what we’ve been eating is not spinach leaf but celery leaf, hey ho. We hang our heads in shame, eh!… Anyway, we’ve harvested some celery (proper) and will treat ourselves to it tomorrow.

Earlier, in the week, K also harvested a small amount of carrot, leek and beetroot – so lunch will be soup. K is the soup expert, so it will be good.

20 Sept flower bed 20 Sept foxgloves 1 20 Sept Foxgloves 2 20 Sept leeks and carrots 20 Sept nasturtiums 1 20 Sept nasturtiums 2 20 Sept nasturtiums 3 20 Sept nasturtiums 4 20 Sept peas

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy